Sharing experience and knowledge is my real passion.
What I love the most is to share a point of view, not specifically in a top-down manner, but more about what works and what doesn’t, and about always being willing to learn from other people’s experiences.
Every piece of content you’ll find here has been created based on a real situation.
I hope you had a great time during the holidays, and that you took some time off to relax with your loved ones. A new year might not mean much, but it is a good time to step back and reshape our strategy. Once more, I have followed through with...read more
Recently, I wrote about how to evaluate a proposal. Understanding how to evaluate a provider, in order to then move to the proposal stage, is something else you need to understand.read more
More than a great idea, the skills, relationship and agreement you set with your provider will be key to the success of your project. Understanding what a proposal should contain and how to evaluate the information is an essential knowledge all founders should have.read more
So here’s what I’ve been up to from the beginning of 2017, and above all, what winning techniques I’ve developed that enabled me to achieve more throughout the year. First off, as a reminder, here is my goal-setting article published at the beginning of 2017.read more
Before you hire a developer, it is very important to be able to evaluate their skill set to know you have the right person for the job. This can be challenging though when your own technical skills may be lacking.read more
There is an unfortunate trend in our industry in which a developer will work on a project, deliver it to their client once it is fully completed, and then be paid accordingly. Unfortunately, that model does not work effectively for the founder of a startup, or for the developer they work with.read more
The startup founder is an entrepreneur by nature. That can mean having a natural eye for identifying the next opportunity or trend. While that trait can be beneficial, it can also lead to a founder losing focus and spreading their energies too thinly.read more
While your focus is on developing a successful product and evolving it over time to meet the demands of your users, as well as growing the best team to do just that, it is important to not lose sight of essential business strategies along the way. Those who do not focus on business operations, including maintaining relationships, may find they lack a key ingredient: the customer.read more
Planning and organizing too much at the start, and too far ahead, may seem like a good strategy to take control of the process, but in most cases, what may initially seem a bit of a mess will lead to real success.read more
It has been explained, in terms of quantifying its effects, as 1+1=3, which illustrates the fact that the sharing of ideas and points of view can, in fact, generate more ideas than each of the combined individuals working as one. I am by no means an expert in collective intelligence, however, I do recognize its value and the importance for any startup.read more
Often when we think about developing a prototype, we automatically jump to the digital world. It is important though to understand this is not the only way, and sometimes not the best way to move your project forward.read more
Sometimes a developer is simply not a good fit for a specific project. Being able to manage that person requires a deeper understanding of the issue, of what makes them not as good at the job as needed, and where the accountability for that falls.read more
While your user community will understand that there are different processes involved in order to deliver high standards and ensure that a site is running as it should, that does not mean they should be a witness to it. Running updates when it impacts customers, or debugging in real-time when users can see work going on, can create a poor customer experience. Here are some rules all startups should apply when it comes to updates and site maintenance.read more
You may have decided to start your business based on what you thought was a great idea and a vision you had for how that might play out. It’s important to understand though that being overconfident is a killer when it comes to creating new products and that your first idea might actually be a bad idea.read more
Startup founders are all about their vision, their purpose for doing what they are doing. This means they are often far away from many of the details their product will need in order to be developed. One of these is information systems. Because an information system is the place where information is stored and where the magic begins and happens, it is important that founders step away from the big picture to understand what will be the heart of their project.read more
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